Formed in 1958, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields had initially concentrated on repertoire from the Baroque era, developing a style of performance that launched the 1960ís Baroque revival. In 1997, the orchestra was invited to perform during the official handover celebrations in Hong Kong, and more recently, it was the first guest orchestra to appear at the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Since 2002, the Academy has been the resident orchestra at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Londonís Barbican Centre. Alongside its performances with Life President Sir Neville Marriner and Director Kenneth Sillito, the Academy now collaborates with a number of guest directors including Murray Perahia, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Anthony Marwood, Julia Fischer and Julian Rachlin. The orchestra maintains a busy schedule of international touring alongside its concerts and outreach work in the UK.

The orchestraís literally record-breaking discography boasts well over 500 entries, making the Academy the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world. The Academy is particularly well-known for its Mozart recordings with Sir Neville Marriner including the multi award winning soundtrack to the film Amadeus. More recently, the orchestra has won critical acclaim for its recordings of Bach Keyboard Concerti with pianist Murray Perahia, the Brahms and Stravinsky Violin Concerti with Hilary Hahn and Sir Neville Marriner, and concerti by Kurt Weill and Peteris Vasks with British violinist Anthony Marwood.  Thanks to this huge recorded catalogue and widespread radio coverage, the Academyís name has become familiar to audiences across the globe.